UPDATE: Due to anticipated weather, the Relay For Life-Newtown Planning Committee has announced it will postpone this event to its snow date of January 29. || The official free public kickoff rally for the 2015 Newtown Relay For Life is set for Wednesday, January 28, at 6 pm, at LeReine’s Cuisine, 31 Pecks Lane. Event Chairman Christopher Farrington previously announced that the community’s 2015 Relay will be on Saturday, June 13, from 3 pm to midnight on the Newtown High School track. This marks the first, more streamlined relay that will not extend overnight in the hope of attracting many more participants to the important awareness and fundraising event. The theme for this year’s Relay is Dr Seuss. All Newtown residents are welcome to the kickoff, regardless of whether they plan to participate in the event.
Carla Bates Barzetti will lead guided healing meditation at The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) on Friday, January 16, from 9:30 until 10:30 am. This program had originally been planned for January 9, but was rescheduled to this week. The center, at 153 South Main Street, also has chair massage sessions on its upcoming calendar.
A second round of Mental Health First Aid Certification is being on Saturdays, February 28 and March 7. Participants must attend both 8:30 am to 12:30 pm sessions at Town Hall South. The class is free to people who live and work in Newtown with support provided by The Newtown/Sandy Hook Community Foundation. It is being presented by Northwestern Connecticut Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The second session of classes has been added, Northwestern CT AHEC Executive Director Tricia Harrity told The Newtown Bee this week, because an initial class being offered January 10 and 17 in Newtown is filled.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will be sponsoring four classes through the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department beginning this month. Thanks to financial support from NCAC, the fee for two of the classes will be $20, and the fee for the other two classes is $25. Two classes of Drawing Mixed Media, to be held at Newtown Middle School, and Ballet Barre Workout and Broadway Tap, both at The Graceful Planet, will be the inaugural offerings of the Cultural Commission’s programming outreach.
For years Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert has been recommending that residents be proactive and always get their flu shots to create the most robust protection against contracting the annual strains of influenza that circulate throughout much of the winter season. But this year, Ms Culbert is being proactive by clarifying information about a so-called “shift” or “drift” in one of the flu strains current vaccines were designed to attack, to be sure residents do not hear misinformation and opt out of getting their annual shot because they believe it is no longer effective.
Yoga Dimensions will host a benefit yoga class on Sunday, December 14. The class will begin at 2 pm. Suggested donation is $35, with all proceeds to go to The Resiliency Center of Newtown. The class will be a 90 minute organic easy yoga flow, co-taught by many of the teachers at Yoga Dimensions who are donating their time to support the center, which was created to directly serve and help the people of Newtown affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy.
St Rose of Lima will host its next Outreach Ministry seminar, “The Normal Aging Process,” on Tuesday, December 9. Susan Varano, a geriatric physician and former director of Yale’s Elder Horizons Program, and an assistant clinical professor at Yale University, will focus on the normal biology of aging vs dementia. The program will help attendees learn physical and cognitive signs of normal aging. Dr Varano will also answer questions regarding the topic.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) will be open during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, with programs to help residents navigate through the second anniversary of 12/14. A fundraiser is also planned for the center, on December 7; and a children's workshop will be offered on December 9.
The Sound Center for Music, Creative Arts and Mindfulness, in the historic renovated chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road, invites the public to usher in the holidays with a month of opportunities to relax, rejuvenate, and celebrate. On Sunday, December 7, an IAM Meditation Technique Workshop will begin at 11 am. Then from 2 to 4:30 pm, an open house will feature an herbal skincare party and holiday mini reiki sessions, by donation. A holiday boutique will offer local products, cards, art, ornaments, and more.